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Manipur Univ students demonstrate against acting VC's remarks

Press Trust of India  |  Imphal 

Students of University on Monday staged a sit-in protest in reaction to acting Vice-Chancellor Prof K Yugindro's remarks that compared them to "terrorists", a students' said.

Yugindro, in a letter to the MHRD on October 3, had sought immediate steps from the Centre to "save" the university from the hands of "terrorist-like" agitators.

The agitators also sought withdrawal of the "baseless" FIR lodged by him on September 20, followed by a midnight raid by security forces, which led to the arrest of 89 students and teachers.

Of the 89, the police had released all but 15 whom Yugindro had named in the FIR for "wrongful confinement, illegal detention and attempt to murder", when he assumed charge as the acting VC on September 20, M Dayamand, of University Students Union, said.

The protests come amid the pending second round of talks between the chief secretary, and three prominent tribal student bodies over imposition of economic blockade for five days from October 9 on all highways of the state.

Talks between the government and a 16-member delegation of the (ATSUM), (KSO) and All Naga Students Association (ANSAM) had failed to arrive at a decision on Sunday over the proposed blockade.

ANSAM told that the decision on the economic blockade will be decided after the second round of talks with the on Monday afternoon.

The ANSAM along with ATSUM and KSO had resolved on October 3 that it would impose the blockade over the "failure of the concerned authorities" to resolve the crisis at the central university.

Irked by Yugindro's comments, over 200 students had tried to barge into his residence at Wangkhei area in Imphal East district on Saturday, prompting police personnel to lob tear to disperse the agitators.

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First Published: Mon, October 08 2018. 15:05 IST